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This site provides information about the Busselton Performing Arts and Convention Centre and the development of a Cultural Interpretation Framework for the Cultural Precinct in Queen Street Busselton. It is being updated regularly to help you stay informed.

Busselton Performing Arts and Convention Centre - Project Overview

Location

  • Queen Street Cultural Precinct, Busselton

Total Cost

  • $28.5 million

Funding Sources (To Date)

  • Australian Government $10.35 million
  • Loan Borrowings $15 million
  • Municipal Funding including Sale of Mitchell Park Library Site $3.15 million

Proposed Construction Timeframe (subject to change)

2021/2022

Project Milestones (Subject to change)

  • Tender for Design Awarded - Jan 2020
  • EoI Construction Contract - Aug 2020
  • Relocation of Woodturners - Oct 2020
  • Design Development Complete – Feb/March 2021
  • Construction Contract Awarded – May/June 2021
  • Site demolition and preparation - Mid 2021
  • Practical Completion - Late 2022
  • Opening – Early 2023

A Unique Experience in a Heritage Setting

A flexible indoor events space with capacity for over 1000 people, comprising a 625 seat auditorium with 343 retractable seats, and 152 fixed dress circle seats over two levels, along with separate conferencing break out rooms with capacity to seat over 400 people in a banquet dining style layout with views to Geographe Bay.

Project Objectives

Provide an iconic venue of quality, contemporary design and the latest technologies that will:

  • Create new markets for business in convention, conferences, trade shows
  • and the performing arts.
  • Diversify the City’s events offering and fill the gap in indoor venues to service the winter and shoulder seasons.
  • Enliven the Cultural Precinct, connect the City Centre and Foreshore, act as a catalyst for business growth.
  • Provide a wide range of employment opportunities, from entry level to professional hospitality, catering, events, marketing, administration and the arts.
  • Enrich the lives of our community and its visitors by increasing the spectrum of quality arts and cultural events.

How to Access Useful Information

On the right you can access a library of documents relating to the Performing Arts and Convention Centre development. This includes the Business Case submitted to the State Government seeking funding for the project in August 2020, Council and other committee reports that relate to decision making and a summary of past communication and consultation around the project.

You can also access the latest designs and concept drawings supplied Architects Kerry Hill noting that these designs may be refined further as consultation with key stakeholders continues.

A list of FAQs is also available covering a range of questions - What will the project cost to build and to run? Is this the best time for the City to be taking out a substantial loan? How does this development differ from other performing arts centres across the State? These are all relevant questions and we will continue to update and expand the list.

You can also share your views on the development of a Performing Arts and Convention Centre and ask questions of City Officers, Councillors and other community members in the open forum. Your comments will be live for all to see and for all to respond to. This open discussion is a good thing – we need to share our collective passion and concern. In posting and responding, we must also respect the views of all. If you prefer not to post an open comment or question, you can email precinct@busselton.wa.gov.au directly.

Update February 2021 – What’s in a name?

In mid-2020, Council sought feedback from the community on the future look and feel of the Queen Street Cultural Precinct. Over 250 people responded to the survey which included a question on the naming direction for the new performing arts and convention centre.

These responses were synthesized by Ink Strategy, an independent consultant. They highlighted four popularly supported themes for a future name all of which bode well for a strong market brand for the new centre.

These naming themes are:

  • A preference for drawing on our district’s location and geography
  • The desire to honour the language and culture of the Wadandi Noongar people
  • A name that reflected our unique flora and fauna, the Bay and waterways
  • Something contemporary, abstract even, with modern cultural reference

During December 2020 and January 2021 we invited community members to consider three potential names currently on the table and provide their feedback. People were also invited to share any other naming suggestions they may have.

We received some interesting suggestions from the community and these being reviewed against the naming themes identified in earlier consultation.

An initial review of naming suggestions is being undertaken by the BPACC reference group consisting of City of Busselton Councillors, Officers and community representatives. The list will be narrowed down and suggestions which align with community aspirations identified in earlier consultation presented to Council.

We want to thank everyone who participated in the consultation around the naming of the new centre.

Please visit the library for more information on the Busselton Performing Arts and Convention Centre and the Cultural Interpretation Strategy.

This site provides information about the Busselton Performing Arts and Convention Centre and the development of a Cultural Interpretation Framework for the Cultural Precinct in Queen Street Busselton. It is being updated regularly to help you stay informed.

Busselton Performing Arts and Convention Centre - Project Overview

Location

  • Queen Street Cultural Precinct, Busselton

Total Cost

  • $28.5 million

Funding Sources (To Date)

  • Australian Government $10.35 million
  • Loan Borrowings $15 million
  • Municipal Funding including Sale of Mitchell Park Library Site $3.15 million

Proposed Construction Timeframe (subject to change)

2021/2022

Project Milestones (Subject to change)

  • Tender for Design Awarded - Jan 2020
  • EoI Construction Contract - Aug 2020
  • Relocation of Woodturners - Oct 2020
  • Design Development Complete – Feb/March 2021
  • Construction Contract Awarded – May/June 2021
  • Site demolition and preparation - Mid 2021
  • Practical Completion - Late 2022
  • Opening – Early 2023

A Unique Experience in a Heritage Setting

A flexible indoor events space with capacity for over 1000 people, comprising a 625 seat auditorium with 343 retractable seats, and 152 fixed dress circle seats over two levels, along with separate conferencing break out rooms with capacity to seat over 400 people in a banquet dining style layout with views to Geographe Bay.

Project Objectives

Provide an iconic venue of quality, contemporary design and the latest technologies that will:

  • Create new markets for business in convention, conferences, trade shows
  • and the performing arts.
  • Diversify the City’s events offering and fill the gap in indoor venues to service the winter and shoulder seasons.
  • Enliven the Cultural Precinct, connect the City Centre and Foreshore, act as a catalyst for business growth.
  • Provide a wide range of employment opportunities, from entry level to professional hospitality, catering, events, marketing, administration and the arts.
  • Enrich the lives of our community and its visitors by increasing the spectrum of quality arts and cultural events.

How to Access Useful Information

On the right you can access a library of documents relating to the Performing Arts and Convention Centre development. This includes the Business Case submitted to the State Government seeking funding for the project in August 2020, Council and other committee reports that relate to decision making and a summary of past communication and consultation around the project.

You can also access the latest designs and concept drawings supplied Architects Kerry Hill noting that these designs may be refined further as consultation with key stakeholders continues.

A list of FAQs is also available covering a range of questions - What will the project cost to build and to run? Is this the best time for the City to be taking out a substantial loan? How does this development differ from other performing arts centres across the State? These are all relevant questions and we will continue to update and expand the list.

You can also share your views on the development of a Performing Arts and Convention Centre and ask questions of City Officers, Councillors and other community members in the open forum. Your comments will be live for all to see and for all to respond to. This open discussion is a good thing – we need to share our collective passion and concern. In posting and responding, we must also respect the views of all. If you prefer not to post an open comment or question, you can email precinct@busselton.wa.gov.au directly.

Update February 2021 – What’s in a name?

In mid-2020, Council sought feedback from the community on the future look and feel of the Queen Street Cultural Precinct. Over 250 people responded to the survey which included a question on the naming direction for the new performing arts and convention centre.

These responses were synthesized by Ink Strategy, an independent consultant. They highlighted four popularly supported themes for a future name all of which bode well for a strong market brand for the new centre.

These naming themes are:

  • A preference for drawing on our district’s location and geography
  • The desire to honour the language and culture of the Wadandi Noongar people
  • A name that reflected our unique flora and fauna, the Bay and waterways
  • Something contemporary, abstract even, with modern cultural reference

During December 2020 and January 2021 we invited community members to consider three potential names currently on the table and provide their feedback. People were also invited to share any other naming suggestions they may have.

We received some interesting suggestions from the community and these being reviewed against the naming themes identified in earlier consultation.

An initial review of naming suggestions is being undertaken by the BPACC reference group consisting of City of Busselton Councillors, Officers and community representatives. The list will be narrowed down and suggestions which align with community aspirations identified in earlier consultation presented to Council.

We want to thank everyone who participated in the consultation around the naming of the new centre.

Please visit the library for more information on the Busselton Performing Arts and Convention Centre and the Cultural Interpretation Strategy.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    This survey provides an opportunity for you to help us bring the City’s rich history and promising future to life in the Busselton Cultural Precinct. 

    We invite you to reflect on the precinct’s former uses and its future potential, complete with a new performing arts centre. We want to capture your ideas, your stories and your vision for this great community space – a space that will welcome a diversity of arts and cultural experiences while bringing economic benefits and tourism to the region.


    Survey closes  Thursday 6 August 2020

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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Now is the time to start thinking about what we are going to call our new performing arts and convention centre. What we decide to name this great new community asset is important because it is a reflection of who we are. The name is also important to developing a strong brand identity helping to make a memorable impression and positive emotional connection. Council already has a few suggestions on the table - Busselton Performing Arts and Convention Centre; BEACH; Saltwater. 

    Perhaps you have another suggestion? Please provide your feedback.

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